In yoga philosophy, the subtle body is comprised of various energetic layers within a human being. The subtle body is comprised of chakras, or centers of energy. Each person has seven main chakras, starting with the root chakra. Balancing your root chakra is essential for overall wellbeing.
The root chakra (or the muladhara chakra) is located at the base of the spine and just at your tailbone. It is considered your base chakra, or your foundation. The root chakra helps you feel grounded, connected to the sensory world, and in touch with reality. It is also related to financial security, basic necessities (food, water, and shelter), and feelings of overall security.
The root chakra is associated with the color red. Balancing your root chakra entails strengthening the low back and pelvic area, surrounding yourself with the color red, eating vibrant red fruits and vegetables, as well as practicing yoga and meditation.
Below is a meditation to help balance your root chakra.
For this meditation, start by lying down on your bed or yoga mat. Bend the knees, with the soles of the feet flat on your mattress or mat. Close your eyes, then scan the body from the tips of your toes to the crown of your head, and tune in with your breath. Breathe in naturally through the nose, then breathe out naturally through the nose.
As you connect with yourself and come into the moment, bring your attention to the bottom of your spine. Understand that your sacral chakra is at your tailbone. Feel the weight of your tailbone and pelvis against the mat or bed. Notice how the area feels. Does it feel tight or unstable? Do you feel some level of fatigue or discomfort?
Instead of judging how that area feels, mindfully relax that area and let go of any underlying tension. If you’re squeezing your glutes or clenching your pelvic floor muscles, try to soften them. Next, send your breath to your tailbone and pelvis.
When you’re ready, start to visualize your root chakra. Imagine it as a vibrant red sphere at the base of your spine. Observe its slow, steady, rhythmic whirling motion. Observe its crimson hue, as well as the warmth that emanates from it. Allow this warmth to spread across your pelvis.
As you connect with these sensations, allow yourself to let go of any feelings of insecurity, fear, and anxiety. Fill yourself with feelings of security, courage, and confidence. If it helps, you can repeat to yourself: I am safe. I am secure. I trust myself.
Stay here for a few minutes, focusing on and balancing your root chakra by connecting with its color, as well as repeating the mantra to yourself.
When you are ready to end your meditation practice, come back to your body and breath. Then, wiggle your fingers and your toes, and reconnect with your inhalations and exhalations. Finally, open your eyes.